How to Create a Resume for an Entry Level Job
Entry-level job applicants benefit from having polished resumes to present to prospective employers, but writing them in such a way that highlights your best personal and professional attributes can be tricky. The following instructions should help you put together an effective entry-level resume.
Your contact information should always appear as the header of your resume. Include your name, address, phone number, and email in an appropriately sized, legible font.
The qualifications summary comes next. Write a brief paragraph about your professional abilities and related skills using clear and direct language. Try to relate your qualifications summary back to the industry in which you are applying by adding relevant keywords and highlighting experience in similar positions. Applicants without formal experience can cite related volunteer experiences or training.
Next, provide information regarding your most recent education only. This means that college students (or graduates) should not include the contact info for their high school. Be sure to include the name of the institution, location (city and state), relevant areas of study, whether you’ve graduated, and the month and year of your graduation. Individuals who have yet to graduate should share projected dates of completion.
Employment experience is the most important aspect of any entry-level resume. List past jobs starting with your most recent positions, and include information like name of the company, dates employed, your job title, and a brief description of your responsibilities. Write clearly and highlight your special contributions to the company. If you have a lot of past experience, list no more than four jobs and pick positions relevant to the one for which you’re applying.
Finally, job candidates can choose to close their resume with a list of professional references, including names, phone numbers, places of employment, and occupations, or a simple statement offering references upon the request of the employer.
123 Main St, Anytown, CA 12345
Motivated hard worker seeking customer service position to utilize communication and organizational skills.
Franklin High School – Anytown, CA – June 2012
August 2012 – Present
Cashier – Anytown, CA
- Deliver customer service with a smile.
- Operate a cash register with minimal mistakes.
September 2011 – July 2012
Team Member – Anytown, CA
- Greeted customers and took orders.
- Handled money and gave change.
- Maintained a clean and orderly environment through the restaurant.
References available upon request.